You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday December 18th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added holiday tree ten frames.
The free membership printable this week is a holiday tree color match which is great for color recognition and review. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper ... cut them out and laminated them.
I separated the tree cards from the color circles and set them out in a basket. I also attached self adhesive magnets to the back of the circles to add a little weight to them so that they would not slide around on the tree cards.
In this activity children pick a tree card and place the matching color circle in the blank circle on the tree. Play continues until all colors have been matched.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday December 18th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added holiday tree ten frames.
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I made a holiday pattern match to work on visual discrimination skills and fine motor development. I printed two copies of the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out.
I then laminated them and set them out in a basket along with some clothespins. I made sure the patterns are mixed up so that the same patterns were not next to each other.
The children picked a circle and the found the circle with the matching pattern on it. They clipped the circles together with a clothespin. Play continued until all circles had been matched. You can find the holiday pattern match here.
The free membership printable this week is a Christmas lights alphabet sequence which is great for letter recognition and fine motor development. I printed the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out.
I glued red and green sequins on the lights and then laminated them. I attached one set to crafts sticks and left a second set loose so that they could be used with a classroom clothesline.
In this activity children put the Christmas lights in alphabetical order. If using the crafts sticks children can line them up in a row. If using a classroom clothes line children would hang the Christmas lights in order using clothespins to attach them to the line.
You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday December 11th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is also where I have added the Christmas lights number sequence.
I wanted to share some of my favorite "Countdown To Christmas" activities that we have done in the past. I have made the countdowns easy to make and the children enjoy keeping track of many days are left until Christmas.
Countdown to Christmas Mats:
Print either on regular or cardstock paper. Glue on to a sheet of colored cardstock paper. Starting on December 1st cover up the number 25 on the mat. Each day cover up another number (24, 23, 22, etc) to count down to Christmas.
You can download the countdown mats here.
Scissor Skills Christmas Countdown:
I made countdown that also work on scissor and fine motor skills. The patterns can be printed on regular or cardstock paper and the children glue them together where indicated to form a long strip. Each day they cut off a number from the bottom of the strip until it is Christmas.
You can grab the patterns here and see a video of this activity by clicking below:
Christmas Countdown Chain:
For this countdown we cut red and green construction paper into strips and put a number on each one. We alternated the colors of each number link ... for example the first one was red and the next one was green and the third one was red etc.
Children glued together the ends of the first link (number one) and then laced the second link through and glued the ends together. They continued until they had connected all 25 links. We hung the chain up and each day a child was chosen to removed a link from the bottom of the chain which would the show how many days were left until Christmas. You can grab the number circle patterns here and see a video by clicking below:
I put together a simple math game that can either be done as an individual or group activity. You will need to have two bowls or containers for each child play the game at the same time.
You will also need to have jingle bells (I purchased mine at Michaels craft store) ... a dice to roll ... and jumbo tweezers (optional).
The game begins with all of the jingle bells in one bowl. The amount of jingle bells you put in is up to you. I used around thirty but you can use more or less. A child rolls the dice and then has to move the same number of jingle bells to the empty bowl.
The child would then roll the dice again and transfer more jingle bells over to the second bowl. Play continues until all of the bells have been moved. We did it so the the bells had to match the number on the dice to end the game. For example if the child rolled a two but they had one bell left they had to wait until they rolled a one.
If you were doing this as a group game the children would each have their own bowls (one with jingle bells and one empty). They would take turns rolling the dice and the first one to move all of their jingle bells wins. Not only is this a great game for math but also for fine motor development. If you did not have jingle bells you could substitute pom poms. Please remember to use supervision with children three and under as the jingle bells are small objects that some children might want put in their mouths.
The free membership printable this week is a santa math mat which is great for number recognition and review as well as fine motor development. I printed all the patterns on cardstock paper and cut them out.
I cut most of the blank cardstock paper off of the santa printout and glued the santa on to a green sheet of cardstock paper and laminated the mat. I also laminated the number circles and attached selfadhesive magnets to the back of them.
In this activity children put a number circle on the blank circle on the santa mat. They then put the same number of counters on the mat. We used unifix cubes for our counters but you can use cotton balls ... pom poms ... buttons or anything you have on hand. You can grab the patterns for free until Sunday December 20th ... after that they will only be available in the member's section which is where the santa color match is also located.

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